Russia on 13 April 2015 lifted its earlier ban on delivery of S-300 Missile System to Iran. The S-300 Missile System is a surface-to-air missile defense system that can be used against multiple targets including jets and enemy missiles.
Russia lifted the ban in the back drop of an informal agreement reached on 2 April 2015 between P5+1, the EU and Iran to prepare the final draft of Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) by 30 June 2015.
Under the agreement, Iran agreed to stop developing nuclear weapons in return for lifting economic sanctions imposed on it by the international community.
This was the only sanction imposed by Russia on Iran since Iran had announced its nuclear programme in 2010.
Russia stayed the execution of 800 million US dollar worth deal after the international community raised apprehensions that the missile system would be used to protect Iran’s nuclear installations from air strikes.
What: Lifted by Russia
When: 13 April 2015